The 2020/21 campaign was full of stand-out individual performances, but which was the pick for you? Watch our video above and then select your choice below!
Jarrod Bowen v Wolverhampton Wanderers (H), 27 September 2020
West Ham’s No20 was in blistering form as his team roared to a 4-0 victory over Wolves at London Stadium last September. He opened the scoring in the first half, running onto a quickly-taken free-kick to sweep a left-footed shot beyond Rui Patricio in the visitors’ goal, then doubled the advantage shortly after the break, reacting fastest to knock home after Pablo Fornals’ drive came back off the post.
Tomáš Souček v Crystal Palace (A), 26 January 2021
The Hammers found themselves on the back foot early on at Crystal Palace after Wilfried Zaha fired the Eagles into a third minute lead, but the visitors dragged themselves back into the contest, led by the magnificent Souček. He was on hand to level the scores just six minutes later, nodding home from close range after being teed up by Michail Antonio. The Czech midfielder was at it again with 25 minutes on the clock, squeezing the ball past Vicente Guaita having got on the end of an Aaron Cresswell free-kick. West Ham would win 3-2, with the No28 playing a central role.
Jesse Lingard v Aston Villa (A), 3 February 2021
Jesse Lingard hadn’t played a single minute of Premier League football in the 2020/21 campaign prior to the Hammers’ trip to Aston Villa in February, not that you would have guessed that from his performance. The loan signing from Manchester United made a huge impression on debut, scoring twice – first to drill his team into a 2-0 lead, then make the points safe after Ollie Watkins had briefly given his team hope. It was a sign of things to come.
Jesse Lingard v Wolverhampton Wanderers (A), 5 April 2021
Another trip to the Midlands saw another Jesse Lingard masterclass. The game was just six minutes old when the No11 picked up a pass from Vladimír Coufal inside his own half and glided into Wolves territory. He couldn’t be caught and ended his magnificent solo run with a fine clipped finish over Rui Patricio. He wasn’t finished there either, a sharp pirouette on the by-line allowed Arthur Masuaku to square for Pablo Fornals to make it 2-0, then another powerful run from Lingard and a perfectly-weighted pass set Jarrod Bowen up for a third. West Ham would win 3-2 and Lingard’s contribution to the victory was significant.
Michail Antonio v Burnley (A), 3 May 2021
West Ham’s talismanic forward had missed the previous three games with a hamstring injury, but showed no signs of rustiness when he returned for a vital fixture at Burnley at the back end of the campaign. He was there when his team needed him, helping them respond to falling a goal down by turning the contest around before the break. He headed the equaliser from a Vladimír Coufal cross, before glancing Saïd Benrahma’s centre from the other side into the net, as West Ham kept their European aspirations on track.
Pablo Fornals v Southampton (H), 23 May 2021
The final game of the season was one to savour. 10,000 fans were back inside London Stadium and West Ham knew a victory would guarantee UEFA Europa League football. They achieved that objective in style, with Pablo Fornals at the heart of another dominant display. The Spanish midfielder had perhaps been unlucky not to score more in 2020/21, but he ensured his graft would be rewarded against the Saints, reacting quickly to sweep home the first, then quickly adding a second from Vladimír Coufal’s pass. The 3-0 win was the icing on a delicious cake for the east Londoners.
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